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Mountain High, White Avalanche

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The Latin Amnerican drug trade has become one of the major problems confronting the United States in the late twentieth century. The key dynamic of that trade is cocaine, which is primarily produced in the Andean nations of Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru. The cocaine trade's influence, however, has spread outwards into other Andean states--Chile, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Moreover, countries on the Andean periphery, such as Panama, have become enmeshed in the trade as transit points and money-lanudering centers. This ...

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Overview

The Latin Amnerican drug trade has become one of the major problems confronting the United States in the late twentieth century. The key dynamic of that trade is cocaine, which is primarily produced in the Andean nations of Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru. The cocaine trade's influence, however, has spread outwards into other Andean states--Chile, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Moreover, countries on the Andean periphery, such as Panama, have become enmeshed in the trade as transit points and money-lanudering centers. This book examines the cocaine trade in the Andean states and Panana with a special emphasis given to the relationship between cocaine and power.

MacDonald examines the linkages between the political and economic power of those in the cocaine trade, the narcotraficantes, and the governments in the region. Important parts of this issue are the drug-insurgency nexus and the significance of the debt crisis. Although the book concentrates on the structure of the cocaine industry in the Andean states and Panama, the final chapters offer policy options on how to contend with the problem.

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MacDonald, an economist working for the US government, argues that the "narcoterrorism" of the cocaine trade is a critical threat to the western hemisphere, and recommends appointing a drug czar to oversee an enhanced military role in stopping it. He sees the connections between governments and drugs as a major factor, but no names from the Iran-Contra scandal appear in the index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275932350
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1989
  • Series: The Washington Papers Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

SCOTT B. MACDONALD is the Chief International Economist for Maryland National Corporation in Baltimore.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

About the Author

Summary

A Mountain High-Problem

Colombia: Where the Avalanche Begins

Peru and Bolivia: Where Cocaine Is King

Venezuela, Ecuador, and Chile: Future Avalanches

Panama: At the End of the Avalanche

Policy Options for the United States

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Index

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